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I set up my suspension based on what is in the users manual for a 150 lb rider. I am about 150 give or take a few. It now rides a lot smoother. How I did it, I turn all my adjustments to the softest setting then gave them the turns as in the user manual. My question is what does it mean to adjust "in" or "out"?

ex: the preload = 5 turns in, Rebound Damping Force = 2.5 turns out
compression damping force = 3 turns out

Any help appreciated!:)
 

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I did a long winded explanation of pre-load: http://www.kawiforums.com/2129194-post570.html

As for rebound and compression: http://www.kawiforums.com/2178536-post774.html

Preload is a static setting (ie: It's something you set for a specific weight and LEAVE it) whereas compression and rebound settings are dynamic. It affects how the shock performs while it is moving. Normally adjusting something "in" or "out" affects the size of an orifice allowing fluid to pass by it. So for rebound for instance if you adjust it all the way out then fluid can pass through the rebound orifice on rebound very easily and the shock will rebound quickly. If you close off that orifice fluid has a harder time passing through the orifice and hence the shock is damped a lot more on rebound.

And yes I realize I said "orifice" a bunch in there :D
 

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good write up, so did I adjust them right? by going full soft then adjusting to hard with user manual specs?

I did the rear the same way, all the way soft then turns as specified to hard.

Sorry I am a suspension noob... lol
 

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Well you adjust your pre-load FIRST to get it within range. You don't want to start doing adjustments until you have that done first. As for the high and low speed compression and rebound the manual specs are pretty good.

Then a good "trouble shooting" guide IMO to tuning your suspension is here: http://www.kawiforums.com/how-tos-faqs/108982-suspension-help-trouble-shooting-learn-lingo.html

Remember when adjusting your dynamic suspension adjustments to do ONE at a time and take note if the adjustment helped or not. Nothing worse than turning this, turning that, and then before long your suspension isn't worth a damn.
 
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